15:18 is another fortune cookie candidate:
18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
Patience, of course, is one of the
Heavenly Virtues, and is held in opposition to the Deadly Sin of
Our pic du jour is an illustration of someone patiently waiting to
calm a quarrel.
Charles C. W. Cooke
became an American citizen last week,
and he's already griping:
Age of Majority Is a Mess.
When is a person an “adult”? When are they deemed to be independent, responsible, their own master? Does anyone care, except when seeking a temporary political advantage? As I type, some Americans are trying to raise the age at which one may buy a rifle from 18 to 21 — usually on the grounds that one’s brain isn’t developed until one reaches 25. At the same time, many of the same people are arguing for lowering the voting age to 16 — and possibly younger. What’s the rationale? It is often glibly asserted that voting never hurt anyone. Does anyone familiar with history believe that to be remotely true?
Not me. Here in NH, there are currently
(a) raise the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21; and
(b) lower the age for consuming alcohol from 21 to 20.
■ A funny post by Damon Root at the Reason blog notes a
exchange between Justice Alito and lawyer Daniel Rogan, who argued in favor
of Minnesota's ban on a "vast array of political badges, buttons,
insignias, and other attire at polling places."
OK to Ban Voters From Wearing 2nd Amendment T-Shirts at the Polls,
Minnesota Tells SCOTUS.
Justice Alito: How about a shirt with a rainbow flag? Would that be
Mr. Rogan: A shirt with a rainbow flag? No, it would be—yes, it would
be—it would be permitted unless there was—unless there was an issue on
the ballot that—that related somehow to—to gay rights….
Justice Alito: Okay. How about an NRA shirt?
Mr. Rogan: An NRA shirt? Today, in Minnesota, no, it would not, Your
Honor. I think that that's a clear indication—and I think what you're
getting at, Your Honor—
Justice Alito: How about a shirt with the text of the Second
Mr. Rogan: Your Honor, I—I—I think that that could be viewed as
political, that that—that would be—that would be —
Justice Alito: How about the First Amendment?
Again with the "here in New Hampshire" connection:
659:43 of our legal code contains:
No person shall distribute, wear, or post at a polling place any campaign material in the form of a poster, card, handbill, placard, picture, pin, sticker, circular, or article of clothing which is intended to influence the action of the voter within the building where the election is being held.
The fine can be up to $1000, so think hard before you order the
t-shirt over there on your right.
once noted: Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes. The Foundation for
Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has an article confirming that
Florida school shooting, ‘Worst Colleges for Free Speech’ promising
high schoolers a right to protest.
In the wake of the Feb.
14 mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High
School that left 17 dead and many more injured, school
districts nationwide are
warning students that they could
face suspensions and other disciplinary measures for
participating in walkouts
and protests over guns and gun violence. Now, a number
of colleges have released statements with an encouraging message
for high school students who want to speak their mind on this issue:
Engaging in peaceful protest won’t impact your college admission
As you might expect, the University Near Here has joined the mighty
chorus; to do otherwise might impact the school's already dismal
As I commented: But once you get here... Make sure to follow the
dress code for Cinco de Mayo and Halloween. And there are other
areas where you might want to
■ Lifezette notes The Son Attempting to Rise: Son
of Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders Is Seeking Seat in New
Hampshire. Again, he wants to be my CongressCritter,
in Claremont, which is on the NH-Vermont border, the other end
of the state from my Congressional district.
Andy Sanborn, a Republican running for the 1st District, slammed
Sanders on Tuesday as an “out-of-district socialist” whose views
don’t align with the state’s motto, “Live Free or Die.”
"I am appalled, but not surprised, [that] Bernie Sanders is sending
his socialist son here to dismantle our state motto," Sanborn said
in a statement. "We are a state that believes in personal freedom,
personal liberty, and individual rights, yet Sanders' socialist
views look to turn New Hampshire residents into
government-controlled zombies, where you lose the right to think for
yourself, act for yourself, and live free."
Andy Sanborn has
his campaign website up
and running, and it contains Pun Salad bait:
Known for his quick wit, inability to spell, sharp financial acumen
and fierce loyalty to friends and family, this 4th generation NH
native unabashedly fights for limited government, economic
opportunities for all and as his friend US Senator Rand Paul says,
“A government so small we can barely see it.”
I might remain a registered Republican just so I can vote for
Sanborn in the primary.
■ At NR, Alexandra DeSanctis notes what should be obvious: NRA
Critics Ignore Political Influence of Planned Parenthood. A
Planned Parenthood also — and unlike the NRA — rakes in over half
a billion dollars in government funding each year. The group then turns around and spends much of that money not only to fund abortion procedures for low-income women (albeit indirectly), but also to lobby the federal government for additional funding and elect Democratic politicians who will vote to eliminate restrictions on that funding, and on abortion itself.
Good luck getting anyone on the left to square that circle.
■ And New Hampshire is hitting above average in USNews
comparisons of Best
Some states shine in health care. Some soar in education. Some excel
in both – or in much more. The Best States ranking of U.S. states
draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are
performing for their citizens. In addition to health care and
education, the metrics take into account a state’s economy, the
opportunity and quality of life it offers people, its roads,
bridges, internet and other infrastructure, its public safety and
the fiscal stability of state government.
Spoiler: number one is Iowa. But NH is a solid fifth.